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“Young Curators of the Future” is an innovative project that uses social media and open source software to allow young curators to experience the work of a museum professional and to communicate with each other about the project. The young curators – students in grades 10-12 (ages 16-18 or in Secondary 5) from area high schools – experienced behind-the-scenes visits to the partner museums and galleries (Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Musée d’art de Joliette, Beaverbrook Art Gallery in New Brunswick, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Museum London in Ontario and Kamloops Art Gallery in British Columbia) and met with personnel to learn more about the museum profession. On the theme of “The Living City: inclusive, sustainable, creative,” which is the theme for the Canadian Pavilion at the 2010 International Exposition in Shanghai, and working with their local museum or gallery, students chose one or more artworks and researched and wrote a curatorial record for that object. Many students also provided creative responses through their own artworks inspired by or in response to a work in the museum partners’ collections.

This Learning Object Collection should be used as a summary of the project and an inspiration to do something similar in you own classroom

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